On summer holidays, parents often find themselves groping for the perfect spot to take the kids -- some venue where kids can not only have fun but might learn something. Ideally, the slightly selfish chaperon wants a museum where kids can entertain themselves with as little adult supervision as possible.
This was the original premise for the following slideshow, highlighting the best kid-friendly science museums we've been to.
But our coverage isn't limited to so-called children's museums. As we explored the topic (we asked our editors to recommend favorites in their neighborhoods), we've concluded that kid-friendly museums are often equally engaging to us adults. So, the list has gone more eclectic.
We've included various museums, ranging from such huge institutions as the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, to the MIT Museum (which our editor-in-chief calls "Art-for-Geeks") and small gems like one of the EE Times editors' hometown Madison Children's Museum.
While often the same exhibit can be enjoyed on multiple levels by audiences of different ages, we should note there are museums more appropriate for kids under 10, while others are geared more toward teenagers.
The following pages, never meant to be a comprehensive museum guide, consist of photo essays from each of us -- illustrating what we liked about the places and why we recommend them.
Because we look forward to building a longer and better list, we'd love to see you chime in at the comment section below to share your own personal favorites for kid-friendly science/tech museums.
There are multiple water play displays at Madison Children's Museum. Kids like the unpredictability of water.
(Source: Junko Yoshida)